All of us, at one time or another, have found ourselves holed up in our rooms with absolutely nothing to do. The boredom can overtake you - maybe you just stare at your phone or computer screen until you can’t take it anymore, or maybe you, like me, obsessively rearrange and redecorate your room the second you feel even a hint of dullness in your day. And, I’m sure a lot of you can relate when I say that I am dreading the upcoming spring break: a week with no plans, absolutely nothing to do, and boredom slowly creeping in. So, to do both me and you a favor, I decided to compile a list of the best things to do over spring break: if you want to go shopping, walk around, or awaken your creative side - it’s all here.
1. DIY Room Decor
As I mentioned earlier, any time I get bored, I turn to the chaos that is my room. I have repainted, moved furniture, made new decor, and much, much more. What I have learned throughout this endeavor is that you can make your room, or space, look really cute and match whatever vibe you want to go for really easily and, most importantly, incredibly cheaply. Whether you’re looking for new decorations or new furniture, you’ve come to the right place.
If you’re looking for something creative and cute to make, you could start with your own DIY posters. If that’s not what you’re looking for, you could make DIY hanging butterflies, rearrange your furniture, make clay trays, or buy cheap decor from Amazon, H&M, Prelude & Dawn, Target, and even Michael’s.
2. Learn a new skill
Tapping into your artistic side is, in my opinion, something that can be both simple and make the time fly by. You could learn origami, crocheting, embroidery, or even yarn punching. As an avid crocheter myself, I really suggest this craft. Once you get the hang of it, it can be really fun, relaxing, and it’s an excuse to sit in my room all day. You can get hooks on Amazon or, my personal favorite, Michael’s. I would suggest starting out with simply a skein of yarn, a hook, and a YouTube video. Crocheting can be a hard skill to master, but after learning the basic stitches, you can make anything.
However, if crocheting doesn’t interest you, you could learn anything with just a few simple videos - embroidery, origami, and much, much more. I would suggest yarn punching - with a cheap kit, you can get started right now. It’s a really fun activity that’s both simple and therapeutic. There are so many different things to explore and experiment with, and all you have to do is find your interest and get started.
3. Make an iPhone projector and have a movie night
A few months ago, when I found out about phone projectors, I was in love. It’s basically just a box that you place your device in, and voila! It projects whatever is playing on your phone. Automatically obsessed, I did tons and tons of scrolling on Amazon, and after figuring out that the only good quality ones were around $70, I had to find another way to make this dream come true. So, I turned to my savior: DIY. With a few simple supplies, you can make this iPhone projector and have an amazing movie night with friends, family, or just yourself if you’re feeling anti-social. Have fun!
4. Take Metro Micro or the Metro around town
If you’re anything like me, you are tired of needing to ask your parents for rides, or working out how you’re going to get places. Trying to convince your mom or dad to drive you to the mall across town or the hours to the beach in springtime is a daunting and complicated task. So, instead of asking the question and getting shot down, take the Metro or the Metro Micro around town. If you’re going on the Metro, just walk to the train station closest to your home and take it wherever you need to go. Or, if this is too far of a trip, take Metro Micro. All you need to do is download the app, and each ride is only $1! A car will pick you up a short distance from your house and transport you to the mall, the beach, or anywhere you want. Both the Metro and Metro Micro are incredibly easy ways to get to wherever you’re going in LA.
5. Go somewhere in LA
We live in the second biggest city in the United States, and we have barely seen any of it. If you’re like me, your world is your home, your school, and the Starbucks and Ding Tea in walking distance from ERHS. However, if we are willing to expand our mile radius, we can find really fun places to go to that are just a few miles away. You could go to the Venice Beach boardwalk, ride the roller coasters at the Santa Monica Pier, and more. If you’re feeling bookish, drive or take the train to the Last Bookstore downtown, then stop for lunch at Grand Central Market. There are so many things to see and places to go in Los Angeles, and the best time to do all of this is on spring break.
With spring break steadily approaching, it’s time to think about what to do for our ten days of freedom. I hope that you can use some of these suggestions to brighten up your days with some crafts, a new-looking room, or some fun travel.